Database software such as SAS works differently than spreadsheets in that data is entered in individual records, and the records can then be presented in tabular format if the user so chooses. For example, in a database of client information, an individual record is created for each client with name, address and other pertinent information. The database can be used to print mailing labels for all clients, identify clients by specific characteristics -- such as, for example, all clients east of the Mississippi -- or present client information in tabular format.
Today, the leading spreadsheet packages are Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets. Apple Numbers is popular on the Mac platform. Other packages are LibreOffice, Quatro Pro, and Zoho. Apache Open Office is free.